Trust Launch Consultation on Making Choices: Proposed Changes to the Provision of Statutory Residential Care for Older People


The Western Trust launched a consultation on Proposed Changes to the Provision of Statutory Residential Care for Older People today Friday 7 August 2015. The consultation has been launched following a recent meeting in public on 19 May 2015 in which the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) approved a recommendation that Trusts proceed to consult on the individual proposals for change.

The consultation will run for 12 weeks and will close at 4pm on Friday 30 October 2015. The proposal has been equality screened and the Trust is now inviting the public and interested parties to have their say.

The Western Trust is consulting on the future of 4 statutory residential care homes in the Western area: -Thackeray Place, Limavady; Greenfield, Strabane; Rectory Field, Londonderry and William Street, Londonderry.  The proposals are as follows:

  • Thackeray Place and Greenfield Statutory Residential Care Homes will remain open and continue to accept admissions due to the current lack of alternative provision at present.
  • Rectory Field and William Street Statutory Residential Care Homes should cease admissions and as a result these Homes will eventually close.  The Homes will continue to function for as long as they can safely meet the needs of current residents.

During this period the Western Trust will be consulting widely with service users and their carers, staff, communities and independent providers.

Elaine Way, Chief Executive, commented: “This consultation is part of a long term piece of work which is necessary to ensure that we have the right services in place to meet the needs of older people in the Western Trust area both now and in the future.  I am conscious that this will be an anxious and unsettling time for our current residents and their families, and so I would like to reassure you that you will be able to live in your current home for as long as you may wish as long as it continues to safely meet your needs.

"The Trust is keen to hear and consider carefully all views on our proposed changes to the provision of statutory residential care for older people in the Trust. We would encourage everyone to get their responses in as soon as possible and contribute their views.”

On 29 November 2013 the HSCB commenced a public consultation on the proposed criteria for evaluating the future role and function of statutory residential care homes for older people.  Their consultation closed on 7 March 2014, and the final criteria were published in June 2014.  At the same time Local Commissioning Groups (LCGs) were asked by the HSCB to undertake local needs assessments for older peoples’ services.  Any proposals for change were set within the context of the needs assessment.

On 16 April 2014, the then previous Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety (Edwin Poots, MLA) gave a commitment to the current permanent residents of the statutory residential care homes affected by the public consultation that they would be able to remain in their existing home for as long as they wish and as long as their care needs could continue to be met. This was broadly in line with previous HSCB and Trust commitments to residents, and the Trust reiterates this commitment in this document.

Information on the proposals and on how to respond can be downloaded from the Western Trust's website by clicking on 'Involving You' and ‘Consultations’. Responses can be completed and returned via e-mail or post by 4pm on Friday 30 October 2015 to:

Bernie McCafferty
Strategic Change and Performance Manager
Primary Care and Older People’s Services
Spruce Villa
Gransha Park
Tel: (028) 71863912

The full consultation document is viewable here.